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Shanghai_2_0.sit (507.86 KB)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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Shanghai_2_01_Updater_.sit (47.30 KB)
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Shanghai_1.0.image_.sit (249.53 KB)
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Shanghai_1.0_Demo.sit (23.73 KB)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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This game works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac

Shanghai is one of the most popular early Macintosh games. It features 144 mah-jong tiles arranged in a "dragon shape". The goal of the game is to find pairs and remove them from the board. The difficulty is that only certain tiles are accessible at a time (that is, if they are able to slide freely to either the left or right).

These seemingly easy rules captured the minds of thousands of Macintosh owners. Shanghai would later be ported to other platforms as well, with the Amiga version becoming very popular, especially in Europe. But little is known today that Shanghai actually originated on the Macintosh. It won MacUsers's Best New Entertainment Program award, made it to Macazine's Games of '88 list as well as Macworld's Game Hall of Fame.

Anecdote about Shanghai

That wasn't a forseeable success though. When Brodie Lockard showed the prototype to Activision they weren't all too excited. However, the responsible director at Activision at the time, Brad Fregger, took the prototype home. He showed the game to his wife, who usually disliked computer games. Shanghai was different though.

One story told is that one night Fregger woke up in bed to find his wife missing. She had never come to bed. She just wanted "to play one more game" of Shanghai. Others at Activision became obsessed too and the decision for publishing the game were made.

What did they do after Shanghai?

Fregger left Activision shortly after the publishing of Shanghai and would create Solitaire Royale together with Brodie Lockard and Michael Sandige (who was responsible for the PC conversion of Shanghai).

The game's origin is the subject of some controversy.

See also: Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye, Shanghai: Great Moments, Shanghai: Dynasty, Shanghai: Second Dynasty

Download #3 is a Disk Copy 4.2 image of the floppy disk (400k MFS) for v. 1.0. The date stamp on the Desktop file is wrong.

Download #4 is an Applesauce flux image of the disk for v. 1.0

Download #5 is a working demo version of 1.0D

Download #6 is a hacked version 1.0 with copy protection disabled. It works in Mini vMac, the MacPlus edition.

Architecture: 68k

For v. 2.x
Mac Plus required, 256 colors supported
Works well with System 6 and 7.1. May work with Mac OS 8 or 9.


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by meauxdal - 2021, May 9 - 12:26am

The hacked version of v1.0 works great under 7.5.5 (using DropDisk 1.0b5 to mount the image). Just keep in mind the game will reboot the Mac when quitting. Thanks for the great work making this gem playable in its original form again!

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by meauxdal - 2021, May 2 - 2:23pm

Just added the demo version and a few screenshots showing the flat graphical style and About screen.

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by meauxdal - 2021, May 2 - 2:13pm

I wonder if this is some kind of copy protection. Just tested System 2.x and 3.x (going by WinWorld numbering) and they are doing the same thing you describe. The disk itself didn't want to be copied directly from the Finder either.

The demo (labeled 1.0D and marked as being from May 19, 1986 in the Get Info pane) runs fine even on 7.5.5, which heightens my suspicion of copy protection further...

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by meauxdal - 2021, May 2 - 4:06am

Thank you so much for uploading this! I will do some testing and report back. I'll have some screenshots of the demo version to upload as well, if nothing else. This community rocks.

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by mrdav - 2021, May 2 - 3:46am

I have now uploaded version 1. The disk images (DC4 and A2R) are not mine and I cannot recall where I found the collection that contained them. Version 1 needs testing on a system earlier than System 6. I do not have the necessaries to do that.

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by IIGS_User - 2021, May 1 - 4:54pm

Probably broken with System 7.5 like other applications?

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by mrdav - 2021, April 30 - 11:21am

I found a disk image of v. 1.0 (actually v. 0.99D to be precise), but I want to test it out a bit before uploading. It crashes mini vMac so I will try real MacPlus. It seems to be B&W. If anyone else has a copy you are welcome to jump in and upload before me.

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by IIGS_User - 2021, April 30 - 7:48am

No idea where to get version 1.0, but I think it would be interesting to see it here as well.
Probably needs lesser colours as well?

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by meauxdal - 2021, April 29 - 4:58pm

The versions here are 2.0x, which is great - it's a better version of the game to play. However, it seems that version 1.0 was visually different and would be worth preserving if anyone has it. The entire appearance of the game seems to have changed between version 1 (1986) and version 2 (1989) - the original game seems to use flat graphics with increasingly bold borders to indicate height. I only have the demo version of 1.0 (also found here, on a compilation disc), which is how I learned about the different appearance. Does anyone have a full copy of version 1.0? I will upload some screenshots when I have a moment.

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by Bolkonskij - 2019, August 27 - 2:34pm

I don't know how many hours I've spent on that stack of Mahjong tiles but it must have been a good bunch throughout the years. Easy to play, hard to master. Brodie Lockard managed to create a true gem of Macintosh gaming history with this one.

Running this on a Mac SE and a PowerMac 8600 with 7.6.1 and it works absolutely fine as long as you set 256 colors on the later (as suggested by PING).

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by IIGS_User - 2010, July 26 - 5:45pm

Got it to run in Basilisk with Mac OS 7.5.5 installed.

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by IIGS_User - 2010, April 13 - 2:20pm

Well, this game runs b&w in vMac (MacOS 7.0 ) and in color on my PowerBook 190 (MacOS 8.1). It says "not enough memory" on PowerPC (MacOS 9.2) and in Basilisk II (MacOS 8.1).

Btw, the zip file is fine because it includes ready-to-use disk images.

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by PlNG - 2009, August 31 - 9:56am

For those experiencing out of memory error (rats!) it only runs on 256 or fewer colors.

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by Attila - 2009, May 6 - 8:15pm

Shanghai II is essentially the same game and is much more compatible across the old Mac OS versions.

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by Games-n-Apps - 2009, May 6 - 8:01pm

Same complaints with the hardware I have, I tried it with a variety of OS's from 7 to X (9.2.2), addressing up to 260 megs of RAM to it - won't run.
Please try to load it up again !